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Friday, 16th September 2011
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Anglo-Japanese textile exhibition comes to Kyoto

A major new textile exhibition showcasing Anglo-Japanese textiles will be staged in Japan next year, organisers have announced.

The exhibition, entitled Bite-Size, will feature a wide range of miniature works and designs by 51 textile artists from Japan and the UK and will be staged in Kyoto in February.

After being shown at the Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London between October 31st and December 14th, the exhibition will travel to Japan.

The exhibition has been curated by Lesley Millar, professor of textile culture at the University for the Creative Arts, who has set up a research centre in Surrey based around the exhibition's central themes.

Professor Millar said western artists are intrigued by the idea of using textiles as conduits for making political statements and interrogating issues such as feminism, repression and wearing fur. Meanwhile, Japanese artists tend to be more interested in the materials in and of themselves.

"This is a wonderful and unique opportunity to not only see works from a remarkable group of artists and designers in one place, but also celebrate what can be achieved when peer groups from two countries come together in a vibrant spirit of collaboration and exchange," Professor Millar said.

"Represented are some of the most important contemporary textile practitioners from the two countries, as well as some of the most exciting emerging talent from recent exhibitions."

Dr Seymour Roworth-Stokes, pro vice-chancellor of research and development at the University for the Creative Arts, said the exhibition is a "fitting tribute" to Professor Millar's energy and enthusiasm in supporting cross-cultural exchange and mutual understanding through creativity.

Professor Millar was awarded an OBE in the queen's honours list this year for her work in promoting Anglo-Japanese collaborations and in supporting contemporary textiles.

It was been 15 years since Professor Millar first collaborated with the Daiwa Foundation and ten years since the Textural Space exhibition brought Anglo-Japanese textiles to national attention.

Posted by Graham McPherson  

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